On Wednesday, Alabama signed Gov. Kay Ivey an almost total ban on abortion in law in the state.
Following a related action in Georgia, women across the country shared their abortion stories on Twitter using the hashtag #YouKnowMe in the run-up to and after Ivey's operations in Alabama.
Women have spoken a lot about threats to abortion and reproductive rights from legislation in both states, along with actions awaiting in other states.
The Alabama Human Life Protection Act allows only abortions "to avoid serious health risks to the unborn child's mother" and whether the "unborn child has a fatal anomaly". According to the new law, abortion is also prohibited in Alabama for victims of rape and incest, and doctors may face up to 99 years of imprisonment to perform abortion
On May 7, Georgia's government signed Brian Kemp a bill banning abortions when a fetal stroke can be detected, which means that women cannot get abortions already in the sixth week of pregnancy.
"One in four women has had an abortion," actress Busy Philipps Tuesday Night tweeted. "Many believe they don't know anyone who has, but
# youknowme . So let's do it here: if you are also the 1
Philipps recently shared his own story of with abortion when she was 15 in an episode of her E! speech show, "Busy Tonight." Her hashtag was caught on as women tweeted their experiences.
Some women who shared their stories had abortions because they were not ready to be a mother or not financially prepared. Other quoted violent relationships and rape
Those who contributed included, among others, Rutgers University alumni Jessica Valenti, a feminist writer.
Celebrities including actress Lady Gaga also spoke against the abortion ban in Alabama.
"It is a scandal to ban abortion in the Alabama period, and the more honorable it excludes those (who) have raped or experienced incest, non-consent or not," said the 33-year-old singer and actress as part of a statement published on Twitter. "Then there is a higher penalty for doctors performing these operations than for most rapes?"
Actress Milla Jovovich shared her abortion history on Tuesday.
Jovovich, 43, said she had to get an emergency abortion when she entered the premature labor when she was four and a half months pregnant two years ago.
"It was one of the most frightening experiences I've ever gone through," she wrote on Instagram. "I still have nightmares about it. I was alone and helpless. When I think that women may have to face abortions in even worse conditions than I did because of new laws, my stomach turns."
"I never wanted to talk about this experience, "Jovovich said. "But I can't be silent when so much is at stake."
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